The Seattle Seahawks suffered a major blow in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams when lead running back Kenneth Walker III sustained a non-contact oblique injury. The incident occurred midway through the first quarter, during a 6-yard run, and Walker clutched his left side before falling to the turf. The Seahawks have listed him as doubtful to return with an oblique injury.
This setback is particularly significant for the Seahawks, who were tied with the San Francisco 49ers atop the NFC West at 6-3. Walker had been instrumental in leading the team through nine games with 770 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns, building on a strong rookie campaign that produced 1,215 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns.
The severity of Walker’s injury is not immediately clear. In his absence, rookie running back Zach Charbonnet will take over as the lead back for Seattle. While he has shown promise in limited action this season, it remains to be seen how he will perform under increased pressure and workload.